Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

In My Opinion: Canada 150 is an opportunity to improve

Canada Day was full of reasons to celebrate, from the East York Canada Day parade, to the music festival in Woodbine Park, to the many neighbourhood and backyard parties across our community. I began my morning at an early citizenship ceremony in East York, welcoming 30 new citizens. Their excitement at becoming members of our […]

In My Opinion: It’s time to TransformTO, says the rising lake

“It’s weird seeing 10 carp a metre long thrashing about on the roadway…they are mating most vigourously.” That was the response of an acquaintance to my inquiry about life these days on a partially submerged Toronto Island. The effects of the rising lake are a bit different off the island. Closer to home, our beaches […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

What does meaningful public consultation look like?

Globally, we are in the midst of a democratic recession. We are no doubt lucky to live in Canada, but we should also strive to strengthen our democracy where possible, and to guard against decline. At the end of March, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the civic engagement NGO Samara Canada on […]